As a runner, the prospect of airing my feet over summer is always a terrifying one. Not for me, necessarily, but for those observers who have to witness blisters, and missing or black toenails. However, when I was offered a pair of OOFOS to try, I jumped at the chance to trial them. I’d heard good things about how comfortable they were from other runners in my networks so I was excited to try a pair out.
I chose the Women’s Ooriginal in Melon – the brightest colour, you know, just to draw attention to my running-battered feet all the more! OOFOS do also come in a sport version if you don’t like the thong style, which are useful if you wear compression socks after a run.
After a quick pedicure and coat of nail polish my feet looked surprisingly ok apart from the blisters leftover from my previous half marathon so I slipped into my new OOFOS …
“Oooh, aaaahhh!” They were the most comfortable shoes I have ever worn. I felt like I was walking on air! Having suffered from Achilles issues in the past I have to be really careful about my choice of shoe now; I can no longer, for example, wear flat shoes. The arch support in these, however, is great, and they have quickly replaced my slippers at home as my everyday footwear when I’m at home.
OOFOS market themselves as recovery footwear, and promise that their shoes “are engineered to help your feet recover more quickly than other footwear” so o was of course keen to try them out after a race. I had the Conti Lightning Run coming up, so this 12 hour trail event seemed like the perfect opportunity to give them a thorough test.
Sadly the weather was not the type of weather where you wanted your feet exposed to the elements, but actually I discovered the Ooriginal style worked in perfect harmony with my Injinji socks. I got a few strange looks, but hey, my feet were walking on air, remember?
I really like these shoes, and putting them on after a race, being able to air your feet and slip into something comfortable, really is a luxury! The arch support feels really good for tired feet and legs, and the foam is really comfortable so I can see how they help with recovery.
You can browse the OOFOS website here: www.oofos.co.uk